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Published on January 08, 2015

Pediatric Vaccinations

Pediatric Vaccines

Why they are Important for Your Child

Pediatric VaccinesProtecting Your Child

According to PIH Health pediatrician Kevin Tishler MD, the best way to protect your child and yourself against a serious disease is to get vaccinated. Many serious diseases have decreased to very low levels in the United States due to vaccinations.

“Without vaccinations, a child is at risk of catching diseases such as whooping cough, measles or meningitis, “said Dr. Tishler.

Vaccine Safety

Because vaccines must be safe for use by as many people as possible, vaccines are developed in accordance with the highest standards of safety. Laws in place require many years of testing before a vaccine is licensed and distributed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and efficacy. As a result, the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.

Vaccines and Your Community

“Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated – the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of exposure is to vaccine-preventable diseases,” said PIH Health pediatrician Sylvia E. Gonzalez MD.

As with any medical procedure, vaccination has some risks as well as substantial, proven benefits. Anyone who takes a vaccine should be fully informed about both the benefits and the risks of vaccination.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccinations

Are there side effects to vaccines?

The most common side effect is temporary pain and redness at the site of injection on the arm or leg. A small percentage of patients run a temporary low-grade fever. It is extremely rare to have a side effect that is more severe.

Can the flu shot give you the flu?

No, it is not possible to contract the flu from the vaccination because the material that allows the virus to replicate is not present in the vaccine. Often the achiness that some people feel is just a side effect from the vaccine, but does not mean they have the flu.

What if a vaccination is missed?

If your child misses a shot, you don’t need to start over, just go back to your doctor for the next shot. Your pediatrician will help you keep your child up-to-date on his or her vaccinations.

Can my child be vaccinated even if he is currently sick?

Yes, if they have a normal cold or even a low-grade temperature it is safe to vaccinate.

Why is my child’s school requiring all students to have the Tdap vaccine?

In 2010 there was a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic due to individuals being under-vaccinated. Twenty children died and thousands more were hospitalized. The vaccine has been long recommended. The version for adolescents and adults is called Tdap and has also been a part of routine adolescent immunizations. Because of growing awareness about the importance of this vaccine, Tdap is now a requirement for school entry. As individuals age, their immunity decreases and a booster vaccine is needed.

How often do I need a tetanus shot?

People need a tetanus/diphitheria (Td) vaccine every 10 years. The Tdap is a combined vaccine, which includes tetanus.

Vaccinations are a safe and effective means for preventing disease. Safeguard your family today! 

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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